Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 44: Mets Injury Crisis and Beanball Wars

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BOSTON, MA - MAY 2: Manny Machado #13 and manager Buck Showalter of the Baltimore Orioles argue with the umpires after a pitch was thrown behind the back of Machado by Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a game on May 2, 2017 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

Joe Hojnacki begins by expressing his embarassment to be a Boston Red Sox fan amidst the racist jeers aimed at Adam Jones from a small minority of the Fenway crowd. He and Greg Hessen eventually go over the worsening New York Mets injury crisis, as they lose Noah Syndergaard for an extended period of time. How does this affect their playoff chances and does it mean the Washington Nationals have a clear path to NL East supremacy?

Also, the Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles have been beefing for over a week about Manny Machado‘s hard slide into Dustin Pedroia. He was thrown at again in Tuesday night’s ballgame and he went off to the media after the game. Is Machado right? Are the Red Sox carrying this grudge for far too long? Or are the Sox right to be standing up for their second baseman?

Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 44: Mets Injury Crisis and Beanball Wars

Music in this Episode

Intro/Outro: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” sung by Edward Meeker and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by The Isotopes Punk Rock Baseball Club

Break 1: “Out of Control” by Rufio, and Manny Machado’s profanity infused tirade after the Red Sox threw behind him again Tuesday night.

Break 2: “The New Pollution” by Authority Zero and a quote from the Futurama Episode “Fear of a Bot Planet.”

Hosted by Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen, Crowding the Plate is a weekly baseball podcast here on Last Word on Sports. It aims to cover the fun, yet analytical, side of baseball once a week.

Joe Hojnacki writes about soccer for Last Word on Sports and is also co-host of the Crowding the Plate Podcast. An avid Red Sox fan, Joe idolizes Bryce Harper and feels that his fun showmanship is the way to save baseball from becoming overrun by old folks, and from dying out.

Greg Hessen is the resident Tigers fan on Crowding the Plate. As somewhat more of a traditionalist, Greg longs for the days of pitchers hitting in the American League and a landscape that doesn’t include things like bat flips and PEDs tarnishing the greatest of all games.

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